What Not to Say to an Emerging Reader
. . . and what to say instead
And on day two, you read it in its entirety the first time, and then together, you echo readevery two pages.
Or every three pages.
Day three, you read it the first time, and either echo read by three pages or try a chorusread. A chorus read is where you read it together, in unison, like a chorus.
Sometimes theseare hard, but for pacing, it helps.
Day four, you read it the first time then hand the book over to your kiddo for an entire kid-read.
Give her specific praises for her super-star parts:
I really like how you paid closeattention to the punctuation here (point to the specific part). You noticed the question mark,and you knew that meant that [the character] was asking a question, so you made your voice go higher at the end. Awesome.
Maybe on day four, you can tape yourselves reading or put it on video (not a big deal–justgrab your flip cam or camera–it doesn’t have to be a huge, complicated video production)and talk about what sounded great and what you both need to work on.
Day five, it’s showtime.
You both give yourselves ‘practice reads’– start by reading the book yourself and then give it to your child. Then it’s the BEST READ EVER–you both get to go on‘stage’ for the most awesome, perfect, wonderful read ever. Video tape it, audio tape it, or Skype-read with your faraway aunts, cousins, grandparents, or friends. You both practiced allweek–now show off your skills!
Think about something serious and ugly and breathedeeply until you regain composure.Even if your kiddo replaces ‘bat’ with ‘butt’ or ‘fact’ with ‘fart’ don’tlaugh. The fastest way to kill confidence is to have the person a kiddoloves and trusts the most laugh in his face.If you can laugh together, that’s one thing; most likely if your kid is reading aloud and says‘butt’, he’ll break out into hysterics and you will too. But if he’s working hard, concentrating,and trying his best and still managed to make a mistake that tickles your funny bone, then just move on.
You know this. . .
What part of the word do you recognize?
If you get